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Board of Managers

The Deed of Trust, established in 1909 by Milton S. and Catherine S. Hershey for the purpose of nurturing and educating children in need, identifies a Board of Managers as the governing body. These managers have broad discretion to utilize the Trust assets in accordance with the Deed of Trust in order to ensure the perpetuity of Milton Hershey School.

Jan Loeffler Bergen

Appointed: 2017
Highlights: Jan Loeffler Bergen is a well-known and highly-regarded healthcare executive who is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. A native of Pennsylvania, she has exceptional leadership and management experience in complex organizations operating in a highly regulated environment. She is also a trained social worker with a real understanding of the issues and challenges facing children in need and their families. Ms. Bergen has served on numerous community, philanthropic and healthcare related boards, giving her extensive experience in how boards work and how to effectively and efficiently guide a nonprofit institution. She is a graduate of Lafayette College and completed masters-level course work in business and social work at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

James W. Brown

Appointed: 2016
Highlights: James W. Brown is former Chief of Staff to Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; former partner in SCP Private Equity Partner; a former managing director of CIP Capital, Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, and was the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Served as Chairman of the Board of Airnet Communications Corporation, Chairman of TMG Health, Inc., and was a Trustee of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. Brown has extensive experience in the education field as an adjunct professor at Villanova University, a Trustee for the Gesu School (a Catholic grade school in North Philadelphia), a Founding Trustee of the Young Scholars Charter School (a North Philadelphia school with an economically disadvantaged student body), and a Trustee for Immaculata University. Brown was a Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Excellence in Education, Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation and Chair for both the Pennsylvania Higher Education Facilities Authority and the Pennsylvania Public School Building Authority.

Cordel Robbin-Coker

Appointed:  Director 2019
Highlights:   Cordel Robbin-Coker was the 2004 valedictorian of the Milton Hershey School and recipient of the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award for Academic Excellence.   He is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ADG Technology, a mobile entertainment platform for African consumers.   Previously he served as Vice President at The Carlyle Group, where he executed private equity investments across a range of industries in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.   Cordel began his career with Morgan Stanley, where he advised on M&A and capital markets transactions while based in New York and London.   He is an active angel investor; and a member of the Brookings Society for emerging leaders with a passion for public policy.   Cordel is a graduate of Stanford University.   He brings his expertise to the Board in the area of endowment management with strong investment, finance and analytical experience.  Because of his ties to the institution, he has a deep appreciation for the mission.    

Michela English

Appointed:  Manager 2018
Highlights:   English is the former President and CEO of Fight For Children, a highly visible Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that improves education opportunities for low-income children. She is currently serving as the Chairwoman of Educational Testing Service, Chairwoman of DC Prep – a Public Charter School – and is on the Boards of the DC Public Education Fund and Fight For Children.

Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore

Appointed:  2017
Highlights:  An alumna of the Milton Hershey School, Melissa L. Peeples-Fullmore is an education professional, who has worked as a teacher and administrator in public schools, and in residential environment facilities. Through her work in Title I schools and with AMIKids, she has extensive experience with children from low-income families, as well as children who attend residential educational programs. She is currently the Program Officer for the Aspiring Leaders Program at Teaching Trust in Dallas, TX which prepares principals to be transformational leaders in urban environments. Mrs. Peeples-Fullmore has an undergraduate degree from Lynn University in Florida, earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and elementary education at Florida A&M University, and recently received a second master’s of education specializing in leadership development and policy reform at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently studying for her doctorate in education policy and leadership at Southern Methodist University, where she also is an adjunct instructor, teaching select master’s level courses in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Robert C. Heist

Appointed:  Manager 2011, Chairman 2017
Highlights:  Heist is a graduate of the Milton Hershey School Class of 1982, the past president of the Milton Hershey School Alumni Association, and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Heist is the owner of R. Connor & Associates, a law firm with offices in Chicago and Boston, offering legal counsel on corporate governance, business practices, and litigation. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science, from the John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctorate, and from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management with a Masters of Business Administration. Heist also is recognized as a Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Dan Katzir

Appointed:  Director 2019
Highlights:   Dan Katzir is the President and CEO of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a nonprofit public charter school network that serves 13,000 low-income students and 12,000 alumni across 28 public charter schools in Los Angeles, California.  Previously, Mr. Katzir was the founding Managing Director of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Los Angeles Regional Director of Sylvan Learning Systems, Executive Director for UCLA’s School Management Program and Chief Operating Officer for Teach for America.   He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. 

James C. Katzman

Appointed: 2017
Highlights: James C. Katzman is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs, with extensive experience in investment banking. Born in Central Pennsylvania, Mr. Katzman brings sophisticated skills in the financial area and has a personal interest in education and childhood development. He is a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet, a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Dartmouth College, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School. Mr. Katzman graduated with an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School.

M. Diane Koken 

Appointed: 2016
Highlights: Legal/Regulatory Consultant and Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Koken was appointed Insurance Commissioner in Pennsylvania in 2003, serving Republican and Democratic Governors. She also has managed the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Served as the longest President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Past Board member of the American College Advisory Board for the Center for Ethics in Financial Services and was Vice Chair of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Currently a board member of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, NORCAL Mutual, and Capital Blue Cross.

Maria Trinh Kraus

Appointed:  Manager 2018
Highlights:   Trinh Kraus was the 1989 valedictorian of Milton Hershey School and has more than 20 years of experience in finance. She is a Certified Public Accountant and qualifies as a Financial Expert, as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She is currently Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Bioclinica, Inc.

Amy Krueger Marsh

Appointed:  Director 2019
Highlights:   Amy Krueger Marsh is the former Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of the University of Pittsburgh.  There, she served as the managing director of the Office of Finance, where she was responsible for managing the assets and liabilities of the University and its endowment.  Ms. Marsh serves on the boards of several Pennsylvania-based organizations, including the Sewickley Academy, an independent day school where she is a Trustee Emeritus and serves on the Endowment, Finance and Audit Committees.  She is also engaged with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a member of their respective investment committees.  Ms. Marsh graduated with an A.B. in Mathematics and Business Administration from Wittenberg University and earned an M.M. in Finance, Economics and Accounting from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.  

David Saltzman

Appointed: 2014
Highlights:  Former executive director for New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization – the Robin Hood Foundation; former special assistant to the president of the Board of Education of the City of New York; former AIDS educator in New York City; named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Innovators.